2017 will be Krip-Hop Nation’s tenth year anniversary! Preachman, Fezo & Rob ‘DA Temple and Binki Woi were all there in the beginning discussing our name, the politics and the reason why the world and Hip-Hop needed Krip-Hop Nation. I wrote the what, why, mission, the objectives and described the term, Krip of Krip-Hop Nation.
What: Krip-Hop Nation is an international network of Hip-Hop & other musicians with disabilities with a few chapters around the world what we call Mcees With Disabilities (MWD) in Germany, UK & Africa. Krip-Hop is a community as well as style of music, an artistic space where people with disabilities can speak out and speak back to the social structures that exclude people based on disability, race, sexuality, and a host of other marginalized identities.
Why: Musicians with disabilities have always been here however there has been a lack of cultural activism especially in Hip-Hop with a disability justice to not only advocate but to continue to display the talents of musicians with disabilities & at the same time advocate & celebrate our history, intersectional cultures & to politically educate ourselves & our communities locally, nationally & internationally.
The Mission: is to educate the music, media industries and general public about the talents, history, rights and marketability of Hip-Hop artists and other musicians with disabilities from Blues to Hip-Hop internationally. Our bi-line is Krip-Hop is More Than Music.
The Main Objective: is to spread awareness about the history, arts, the isms facing musicians with disabilities along with getting the musical talents of hip-hop artists with disabilities into the hands of media outlets, educators, and hip-hop, disabled and race scholars, youth, journalists and hip-hop conference coordinators. Krip-Hop Nation have put out CDs, held conferences and spoke on issues from police brutality against people with disabilities to ableism in Hip-Hop, media and in our communities.
The Term Krip: The last but important concept of Krip-Hop Nation is the title. Why Krip with a K? Like I wrote above, Krip-Hop Nation is more than music and “bling bling”, it is about advocacy and education and taking back what has been taken from us to oppress us. Language, like other oppressed groups, was taken from people with disabilities and the language was turned on us to oppress us. Before people with disabilities had civil rights, a movement and arts, many had placed labels on us like “crazy”, “lame”, “cripple” and “retarded”, etc. Of course, now with our civil rights and disability studies and culture, we have named ourselves and have used the negative terms to our own benefit to not only shock people but to respect that these words are our history and we must reclaim them.
Today we have put out four mixtapes, a documentary on police brutality against people with disabilities entitled Where Is Hope: The Art Of Muder, with film maker Emmitt Thrower who is a disabled retired New York police officer. Krip-Hop Nation is international with loose chapters in the UK, Africa, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada and of course the US. We have toured the UK and did shows in Toronto, CA. We have helped get wheelchhairs to Uganda, Africa.
In the Winter of 2016 Leroy Moore of Krip-Hop Nation will be traveling to South Africa to travel around with Simon Menda, who has been working with people with disabilities throughout Africa and started a Newspaper for and by people with disabilities in South Africa, to meet disabled musicians/artists to talk and collect art,music, and writings for a book/film of disabled musicians, poets from US & Africa many are Krip-Hop Nation’s members. The bigger picture of the trip to South Africa is to plant seeds for an international art festival/network session of disabled artists with the hope of attracting Stevie Wonder to be the ambassador of the event.
With all the above great stuff of Krip-Hop Nation, one thing that has been hard for us but we continue to try and that is to find and attract more Hip-Hop artists who are women with disabilities. Two years ago Krip-Hop Nation really wanted to put out an all women CD but it never happened so we will try again.
Although 2017 will be ten years of Krip-Hop Nation, it’s been hard to find and keep deadicated members. One reason, I think is Krip-Hop Nation is really about activism and less about the bling bling and also it is a collective not a non-profit so we relay on people’s donation and gigs that have the resources to bring us together. The last reason why Krip-Hop Nation hasn’t really been held by Hip-Hop arenea is the thinking and action of ableism that suffocates the Hip-Hop/music industry…
To celebrate our tenth anniversary, Krip-Hop Nation with DJ Quad of 5th Battalion in LA, US will put out the best of Krip—Hop Nation and Binki and I are talking about a small US Krip-Hop tour. So at this time all of our attention is focus on South Africa, our tenth anniversary in 2017 and to continue with our film showing/workshop of Where Is Hope: The Art Of Muder about police brutality against people with disabilities. For more information about Krip-Hop Nation & Where Is Hope: The Art Of Muder go to: